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Saturday, December 9 2017

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Nativity, Christmas (C,P)

 

“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger” (Luke 2:7)

 

Highlights of the feast

December 24

Bethlehem*, Church of Nativity -

Noon: The Patriarchal procession leaves from the Old City in Jerusalem to the Monastery of Mar Elias, and proceeds thence to the Church of the Nativity via the Bethlehem checkpoint.

Midnight: The Midnight Mass is held at the Church of St. Catherine followed by a procession and visit to the Grotto of Nativity.

 

December 25

Bethlehem*: During the day, Masses are celebrated in the Church and in the Grotto.

Shepherds Field*: Special Christmas Mass is celebrated at 14:00 hours.

 

Christmas services are held in various Protestant churches in Bethlehem*, in Shepherds Field - Beit Sahour* and in Jerusalem (A,P).

 

Related sites worth visiting:

•Shepherds’ field - The sanctuary of the “Gloria

in Excelsis” in Bet-Sahur*.

•The Milk Grotto in Bethlehem*.